Focus on Alumni
DDS (Donated Dental Services) Program Seeks Volunteer Dentists

Dr. Kay T. Oen Member, PEARL Practitioner Advisory Group; Chair, DDS Leadership Council

NYUCD is pleased to join the American Dental Association (ADA) and other leading dental organizations and associations in endorsing the Donated Dental Services (DDS) project, an initiative designed by dentists, for dentists, to provide aid to our nation's most vulnerable citizens. DDS currently operates in 38 states, with nearly 13,000 volunteer dentists, and this year will provide $18.5M in comprehensive care to elderly, disabled, and medically compromised individuals. The program is operated by the National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped (NFDH), the charitable arm of the ADA.

Dr. Kay T. Oen, a member of the PEARL Practitioner Advisory Group, who serves as Chair of the DDS Leadership Council, says, "The DDS Program is unique, in that it allows dentists to provide the services in their own offices. DDS dentists typically volunteer to treat one or two patients per year. Information about an applicant is sent to the dentist in the form of a patient profile. All DDS patients are screened for eligibility to assure that the patient truly qualifies for assistance."

"The DDS project is a vital and socially commendable initiative, which provides essential health care for our neediest citizens, rewarding experiences for volunteer dentists, and a highly visible way to demonstrate that dentists really do care and are community-focused," says Dean Bertolami.

Faculty and alumni who wish to volunteer to see a DDS patient should go to and click on "volunteer now."